New Delhi, October 13: With its focussed strategies and effective calibrated measures, India has sustained its global position of being the country with one of the lowest cases per million and reported deaths per million. While the global figure for cases per million is 4,794 with UK, Russia, South Africa, USA and Brazil reporting higher numbers, India is clocking 5,199. "In the matter of total tests conducted, India is one of the topmost countries. Higher numbers of testing on a sustained basis have aided to the early identification and timely treatment which leads to higher recoveries and lower fatality rate", the statement read.
"It would be unfair to compare India with high income countries such as USA, UK, Russia, France as they are not on an equal footing. This is primarily because of its population dynamics which results in a lopsided distribution of resources", it added. India is reporting a consistent slide in the new confirmed cases. 55,342 new cases have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country.
The new low in daily cases is the result of collaborative action by States/UTs under the Centre's strategy of comprehensive and aggressive testing, prompt tracking and surveillance, hospitalization and adherence to the Standard Treatment Protocol which has ensured a standardised quality of medical care across the public and private hospitals and for home isolation.
From last five weeks, there is a continuous decline in the average daily new cases. The weekly average of daily new cases fell from 92,830 cases in the 2nd week of September to 70,114 cases in 2nd week of October. India continues to report a trend of steadily decreasing active cases. Presently the active cases comprise merely 11.69% of the total positive cases of the country standing at 8,38,729. The active cases have been below the 9 lakh mark for the fifth consecutive day.
76 per cent of new confirmed cases are from 10 States and UTs. Karnataka has overtaken Maharashtra with the highest number of new reported cases. Both still are contributing more than 7,000 new cases. The States which are reporting spurt in cases are Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh.